The Big Story

Maryland’s Purple Line rail

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The 16-mile Purple Line, which would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, is designed to provide faster and more-reliable east-west transit than buses and connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metrorail system with neighborhoods, MARC commuter rail stations and Amtrak stations.


Hogan will sign body camera bill, remains noncommittal on Purple Line

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

The governor said he will also sign a measure to study the number of standardized tests students take.


Larry Hogan’s transportation crucible

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Maryland’s governor weighs a decision on the Purple Line.


Montgomery County appeals case of fence built in Purple Line path

(Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)

County asks Maryland’s highest court to clarify state law about property rights along proposed light-rail routes.

What else could we try to ease highway congestion?

HOT lanes and transit improvements dominate discussions, but our proposals may be too modest.


Maryland focused on cutting cost of Purple Line, rather than killing it

The state’s transit chief said his current task is to study savings rather than alternatives to the light rail route.

New transportation chiefs review D.C. streetcar, Purple Line

Their most recent remarks suggest the projects are not quite as dead as some transit advocates fear.


Maryland Senate confirms Pete Rahn as transportation secretary

(Amanda Voisard / For the Washington Post)

Other secretaries confirmed: Rona Kramer for aging, Ben Grumbles for environment, Kenneth Holt for housing.

Killing Purple Line would be radical step

Big highway and transit projects are always controversial, always over budget and always built.

Public transit on the ropes

Will Hogan and Bowser follow Arlington County in cutting transit expansion?